Israeli forces have killed 10 Palestinians in one of the deadliest days in the occupied West Bank since Israeli attacks intensified early last year.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, nine of the Palestinians killed were in the Jenin refugee camp after Israeli forces raided the area.
Another Palestinian, a 22-year-old man, was shot by Israeli forces in the town of Arram, north of Jerusalem.
At least 20 people were injured by live ammunition in the Jenin assault, which Palestinians called a “massacre”. 4 of them are in critical condition.
Palestinian authorities said the dead included an elderly woman. Jenin Hospital authorities identified her as Magda Obaid.
Israeli forces, which withdrew from Jenin after the killing, said they were investigating reports of the woman’s death.
Meanwhile, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, an armed militia affiliated with the Palestinian Fatah party, said the dead included one of its fighters, Iz al-Din Salahat.
Another person, 24-year-old Saeb Azriqi, died of injuries in hospital, according to the Ministry of Health.
The situation on the ground was extremely difficult, with injured people constantly being rushed to hospitals, and Israeli forces accused of interfering with ambulances and medical care.
Wisam Baker, the director of Jenin Public Hospital, told Al Jazeera that “the invasion is unprecedented…in terms of its scale and number of injured.”
“The ambulance driver tried to approach one of the martyrs who was lying on the floor, but the Israeli army shot the ambulance directly and prevented him from approaching him,” Baker continued.
— Arabic (@AJA_Palestine) January 26, 2023
[Translation: The [Israeli] Occupation forces directly targeted an ambulance in the Jenin refugee camp. ]
The Israeli army also fired tear gas canisters towards hospitals, affecting children’s departments, Baker said. It has caused children and others to suffocate, he said.
The Israeli army has denied firing tear gas into the hospital on purpose. A military spokesman said, “No one intentionally shot tear gas at the hospital. “But the activity was not far from the hospital, and it is possible that Tiergar entered through an open window.”
A Palestinian Authority spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudineh, said the authorities were suspending security cooperation with Israel following the killings in the West Bank.
“For now, it will not be enforced,” he said at a press conference in Ramallah, adding that the move was a response to repeated attacks on Palestinians and Israel’s violations of international law.
A spokesperson said: “We salute those who stand resolutely to defend their country.
He also called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Thursday’s killings.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared a third day of mourning, during which flags were flown at half mast, official Palestinian television reported.
Shtayye calls for UN intervention
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh issued a statement calling on the United Nations and all international human rights organizations to “intervene urgently to protect the Palestinian people and stop the bloodshed of children, youth and women.”
Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has condemned the Israeli attack on Jenin and called on the international community to stop Israel’s escalating attacks, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saleh Al-Alouri, a prominent leader of the Hamas movement that governs the blockaded Gaza Strip, said “the resistance response will not be delayed.”
Al Jazeera’s Yumna El-Said, reporting from Gaza, said Palestinian factions, including Hamas, had announced days of mourning and declared a state of alarm.
“They called on the international community to hold the ‘occupation criminals’ accountable for their crimes, and eventually the people of Gazan to take to the streets and express their outrage over the massacres committed in Jenin.” said El-Sayed.
To justify the operation, the Israeli military said special forces had been dispatched to Jenin to detain Islamic jihadists suspected of planning and carrying out “multiple large-scale terrorist attacks”.
Israeli forces launched a major raid, surrounding the camp in the early hours with undercover troops, dozens of armored vehicles, and snipers. Armed clashes with Palestinian rebels soon erupted.
The military added that several Palestinian fighters were shot after the firing.
“During the operation, security forces acted to surround the building containing the suspects. Two armed suspects were confirmed to have fled the scene and were neutralized by the security forces,” Israeli officials said in a statement. Stated.
No injuries have been reported among the Israeli army.
Jenin is one of the areas in the northern West Bank where Israel stepped up raids over the past year in an attempt to crack down on growing armed Palestinian resistance.
Arif Sabhag, a political analyst who specializes in Israeli affairs, said Thursday’s operation in Jenin “should be taken as a signal – it is the first shot in a larger Israeli operation to come.” said.
“The lack of response, both Arab and international, to what Israel is doing encourages Israel to continue its raids and killings,” Sabhag told Al Jazeera.
“They targeted ambulances and hospitals, blocked aid to the wounded, executed in the field, and even killed Shireen Abu Akulle. I will continue to do what I want without punishment.”
Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran correspondent who has covered the occupied Palestinian territory for more than 25 years, was shot dead last May while covering the raid on the Jenin refugee camp.
No one has yet been held responsible for her murder.
“On the international stage, fighting ‘terrorism’ sounds like magic,” said Mawan Bishara, a senior political analyst at Al Jazeera. can.”
Israel justifies its actions on security grounds, but Palestinians “see it as a cynical ploy aimed at humiliating the Palestinian authorities,” analysts said.
The raid took place in the so-called Area A, which is under Palestinian administrative and police control, according to the terms of the Oslo Accords. “These young people in refugee camps are just trying to protect themselves. It’s not like they’re going out to Israel and shooting Israelis,” Bishara added.
The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in January has risen to at least 29, including five children. At least 15 of those killed were from Jenin.
In 2022, more than 170 Palestinians were killed in such attacks, many of them civilians.